EC starts legal action against Bulgaria on telecoms rules late implementation.

By bne IntelliNews July 20, 2011
The EC has requested information from the local authorities with respect to the full implementation of new EU telecoms rules into the national law, which should have been done by May 25, 2011, the EC informs on its website. The request takes the form of a letter of formal notice under EU infringement procedures. The new rules comprise the right for customers to switch telecoms operators in just one day without changing their phone number, the right to more clarity about the services customers are offered and better protection of personal data online. The EC has started the same procedure against 19 other member states (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain). If local authorities do not respond in two months or the reply is unsatisfactory, the EC may send a formal request to implement the legislation (in the form of a reasoned opinion), and ultimately refer the above countries to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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